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Southern District of New-York, ss. E IT REMEMBERED, that on the twenty-second day of April, in the forty-second L3 year of the Independence of the United States of America, James Eastburn & Co. of the said district, have deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof they claim as Proprietors, in the words following, to wit: “The Evangelical Guardian and Review. “Prove all things: hold fast that which is good. “To the law and to the testimony.” In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United States, entitled “an Act for the encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned.” And also to an Act, entitled “an Act supplementary to an Act, entitled an Act for the encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books to the authors and roprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned, and extending the beneits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints. JAMES DILL,
Clerk of the Southern District of New-York, by
EVANGELICAL GUARDIAN JA.WD RE WHE W.
WOL. II. MAY,
1818. NO. 1.
BRIEF MEMOIRS OF MRS. MARGARET Livin GSTON.
THE lives and even the names of many, who occupied important stations in the Church of God, in our land, and fulfilled the duties of those stations with distinguished reputation and usefulness, are rapidly passing into oblivion. We feel it to be both a duty and privilege, so far as we shall be enabled, to furnish our readers, from time to time, with biographical sketches of a few, whom we either personally knew, or whose memory we have been taught to revere from our earliest years. These sketches will necessarily be imperfect, from the scantiness of materials to form them ; for the subjects have left little, some nothing, in writing ; of their sorrowing companions, but few are left, and they, in the wane of years, find it difficult to recollect more than a few leading facts in their history. On their character, however, they can dilate with sufficient minuteness to enable us, to whom they have communicated their information, to unfold the bright examples of their friends to the encouragement of faith in the promises of God, and the instruction for the right per
formance of duty, among all who desire to be “followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” The subject of the present memoir, in the words of one who was not merely related to her, but knew her well, was “a distinguished character, and one of the best of women. She may justly be enrolled among the faithful witnesses for God, and remembered as a signal trophy of the power and prevalence of grace.” Mrs. Margaret Livingston was the only child of Colonel Henry Beekman, a very respectable and opulent gentleman of this state, who sustained many public offices of trust and honour, and died with an unblemished character, at the advanced age of nearly ninety years. She was born in the year 1724, at Rhinebeck Flatts, in Dutchess county, the place of her father's residence. The house, which is still standing, is pleasantly situated on Hudson's river, opposite to the Kingston landing-place. At an early period” she was connected in marriage with Robert R. Livingston, Esq. who was also an only child. As his ances